Tompkins Alumni Center

More than 75,000 SDSU alumni and friends depend on the Association to stay connected to their alma mater. Tompkins Alumni Center is a place for those Alumni to call home when they visit the campus in Brookings.

Constructed in 1976, Tompkins Alumni Center was made possible by the generous initial gifts of brothers Arthur ’18, Lawrence ’23, and Charles ’28 Tompkins, and funded in its eternity by gifts from Alumni and Friends.  The 5,000 square foot facility houses the Alumni Association offices, meeting/events room, library,  lodging room, and archives room.  It stands on the grounds formerly occupied by East Men’s Hall.  In 1985 the John Ervin Bylander Courtyard was added and in 1986 the Aggie Clock Tower was built.

The clock in the tower was once housed in North Hall, one of the campus’ three original buildings.  The North Clock was donated by the classes of 1922 and 1923.  The tower also contains “Old Faithful” AKA the Victory Bell.  The bell originally was housed in Central Hall the very first building erected on campus in 1883.   It obtained the name “old Faithful” because it was originally used to call students to class.  Later it became known as the Victory Bell because it was used to announce Jackrabbit football victories. 

The Tompkins Alumni Center has space available to rent for numerous kinds of events. TAC lounge/conference room area can be set up for lectures, meetings, and receptions and opens to a beautiful courtyard which features the Aggie School Clock Tower. To inquire about more information or make reservations, call the Alumni Center 888-735-2257 or 605-697-5198, Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm or e-mail us at


(605) 697.5198 or toll-free (888) 735.2257